3 Million New Tax Payers added to the National Tax Register under 6 Months - FIRS
The Chairman Joint Tax Board, JTB, Mr. Tunde Fowler, who is also the Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has revealed that 3, 414, 496 million new taxpayers have been added to the national tax register under six months.
This brings the total number of individual taxpayers in the country to 13.4 million. Kano State led the new taxpayer roll with about one million taxpayers (944, 376). Lagos followed with 320,000 new taxpayers. Plateau State is 3rd with 296,910, while Kaduna added 235,812 new tax paying men and women within the period. Zamfara State is 5th on the list of new taxpayers’ table with 136,773.
According to him, the new figure is a laudable development, but it is still far from what is expected. He concludes that "If citizens benefit from the goods or dividends of democracy: health, good roads, security, environment to do business; they must be encouraged to contribute to the commonwealth by paying their taxes. States cannot be said to have succeeded or to be working, if the FIRS is not succeeding or is not working. In the same vein, FIRS cannot be said to be succeeding, or working, if the state revenue authorities have not succeeded or are not working. We need to contune the drive for more taxpayers at the state and federal levels."